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Can't make FGDB field editable after export from hosted feature service

07-14-2015 06:57 PM
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In order to prevent inadvertent edits to an ID field during data maintenance with ArcGIS Collector, I set the field to "read-only" in ArcMap prior to publishing the feature class to an AGOL hosted feature service.

I exported the feature service back to FGDB format at the conclusion of data collection, but could not un-check the field's read-only setting.  See the attached example.

I can open an edit session on the FGDB, I can add fields, I can delete fields, and I can do any other sort of edit, but I cannot set that field back to editable.

The exported FGDB is not a replica, It appears to be a FGDB of the plain vanilla variety.

The work-around was easy enough...just add a new field, calc the ID values into it, and delete the original field.  No problem.

However, I remain curious about why I was prevented from setting the ID field back to an editable state.  Any explanations are welcome.

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